The Latest for Berks and Lancaster 2/11


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(Undated) -- Here's the latest news: Officials have released the name of a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a car-truck accident in Lancaster County late Wednesday. Senator Chris Gebhard, a republican who won a state Senate seat in a special election last year, could soon become the lawmaker for Berks and Lancaster Counties. A church in Lancaster County is taking part in a worldwide, two-day celebration honoring people who have disabilities.

>>Authorities Release Name Of Girl Killed in Car-Truck Collision

(Lancaster, PA) -- Officials have released the name of a 10-year-old girl who was killed in a car-truck accident in Lancaster County. Late Wednesday, Warwick School District Superintendent April Hershey shared news with district families that 5th grader Libby Miller, who attends John R. Bonfield Elementary School, died in the crash that happened earlier that night.  Lancaster County Coroner Stephen Diamantoni told PennLive.com that Miller died almost instantly as the result of "multiple traumatic injuries." The crash happened when a Ford Taurus that was traveling west on Lititz Road crossed into Route 72 and was struck by a southbound car carrier. One other person was believed to have been injured. East Hempfield Township Police say their investigation into the crash remains open and any witnesses are asked to contact them.

>>Port Of Philadelphia Receives $246M In State Funding Following Record Year

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Governor Tom Wolf says the Port of Philadelphia will receive an additional 246-million-dollars in state funding. Governor Wolf says the area is a driving economic force for the state as well as a critical part of an efficient supply chain, so the money will go toward continued modernization efforts at the port. The funding builds upon a 300-million-dollar investment from the state five years ago to double container capacity. The port also saw double-digit growth in 2021, breaking its previous record for overall tonnage in a year.

>>Sen. Chris Gebhardt May Be Running For Lancaster, Berks Counties  

(Harrisburg, PA) -- Senator Chris Gebhard, a republican who won a state Senate seat in a special election last year, could soon become a lawmaker for Berks and Lancaster Counties. Gebhard has announced plans to run again for a full term in office. His 48th district currently covers Lebanon County and parts of York and Dauphin counties. Under a redistricting plan announced February 4th by the state Legislative Reapportionment Commission, the 48th district will include parts of Berks and Lancaster counties and all of Lebanon county. No candidates have come forward to date to oppose Gebhard in either the Republican primary in May or the general election in November. There is also still a possibility that the redistricting plan will be appealed and changed before the election.

>>Berks Cares Vaccine Center Changing Operating Hours 

(Muhlenberg Township, PA) -- The Berks Cares Vaccine Center in Muhlenberg Township is making some changes in its hours of operation. Berks County and Penn State Health St. Joseph, the providers who supply the vaccine and medical personnel at the facility, announced Thursday that they will be adjusting the hours to better reflect community trends. The center will now be open Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Officials said the change is being made because weekday use of the center has dwindled, with most appointments taking place on Saturdays. And the evening hours are being added due to expressed interest. The center is in the North Reading Plaza, 5370 Allentown Pike, near Walmart Supercenter.

 

>>Local Church Participates In "Night to Shine"

(Lancaster County, PA) -- A church in Lancaster County is taking part in a worldwide, two-day celebration honoring people who have disabilities. Lives Changed By Christ, more commonly known as LCBC, hosted the "Shine-Thru Parade" on Thursday at its location in Rapho Township. The parade is part of the "Night to Shine 2022." The annual event typically organizes a prom for people with special needs. However, because of the pandemic, each guest instead got a ride down a red carpet, complete with cheering paparazzi, photo opportunities, music, dancing, decorations and special guests. Organizations across the globe will also continue the fun on Friday with a virtual celebration.


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